In this issue: Community Garden Bus Tour; School holiday activities; Botanical Garden Walks; Film night; Community Education News; Cycling bizzo; Plastic Free July; Photos; Positive Landscaping

Plastic Free July Inspiration

We're encouraging everyone to get behind 'Plastic Free July' to challenge our prevailing culture of massive, single-use plastic consumption. The challenge is to attempt to refuse all single-use plastic (anything intended to be used once and discarded).

Alternatively, you can try the 'Top 4 challenge': straws, disposable plastic bags, waxed coffee cups and plastic bottles. You can commit for a day, a week or the entire month.

Several EcoCentre staff and many of our sustainability cohorts at places like CERES and the Gould League are taking on the month-long challenge. Look out for our updates on Twitter via hashtag #plasticfreevic and #plasticfreejuly.

We're offering these incentives for our visitors to go as plastic-free as possible in July:
  • Pop into EcoCentre during opening hours for a FREE cuppa when you bring your own reusable cup.
  • Get a 20% discount off Keep Cups and reusable shopping bags from our Ecoshop. 

To inspire you, read about a NZ woman who's just completed a year without plastic.

The month at a glance - in photos

There's never a dull moment at EcoCentre. Have a look at this month's piccies from our Wominjeka garden planting; Bush tucker concert and volunteer thank you gathering. Plus see our staff in action sharing their expertise at Wilson's Prom; building a 'pop-in garden' at Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre and engaging Mornington Peninsula teenagers in learning about the Bay. VISIT OUR PHOTO GALLERY.  

Engaging Mornington young people

One of our highlights for June was working with Mornington Peninsula Youth Services (MPYS) for the very first time. We tailored a program to engage year 9s in active, outdoor learning about Port Phillip Bay, local waterways and the culture of the Boonwurrung-language-speaking original inhabitants of the Peninsula. 

Young people traded skateboards for snorkels and over 7 sessions, hunted for nurdles, studied sea stars, took part in a smoking ceremony and learnt about Aboriginal cultural plants, visited natural history sites and even ran a Baycare information stall at the Mornington Main Street market.  We were proud to partner with the Boonwurrung Foundation to deliver this program for MPYS. 


Port Phillip Bicycle users group (BUG) has added social bike rides to its monthly calendar. The group has a beaut ride planned for Saturday 19 July, starting 9am, taking in more of the 'seven wonders of Port Phillip'. Two hours of cycling will be punctuated with pit stops and - wait for it - fun laps of the Carnegie velodrome. Gentle pace with experienced ride leader. RSVP FOR THIS RIDE.
Meanwhhile, Vic Roads is collecting feedback from road users on Victoria's cycling-related road rules and road safety legislation. HAVE YOUR SAY
at Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre

We're chuffed to have answered the call to design and build a pocket sized garden bed at Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre. The Centre's warm and welcoming environment has been extended to a previously underutilised courtyard area, where visitors will soon be able to 'pop in' for a cuppa and smell the proverbial rosemary. EcoCentre is at the ready to build more of these original raised garden beds, like the one pictured. Contact Will to arrange some positive landscaping at your community centre, workplace or even home:


Hosted by our Affiliates & City of Port Phillip

Above: National Tree Day planting in Port Phillip

Oases Saturday breakfast conversation, Hawthorn

Saturday 5 July, 9am-11.30am

Veg Out Farmer's Market
Saturday 5 July, 8.30am-1pm

NAIDOC week family fun day at Peanut Farm
Tuesday 8 July, 11am-2pm

Bike skills for beginners, St Kilda
Sunday 13 July, 1-5pm

Friends of Westgate Park work day
Sunday 20 July, 9am-4pm

National Tree Day revegetation with Earthcare St Kilda and Friends of Elster Creek
Sunday 27 July, 10am-12pm

Raw Chocolate with Transition Port Phillip Convivial Kitchen
Wednesday 30 July, 7pm-9pm


St Kilda Botanical Gardens Walks
- Tuesday 8 July, 2pm-3pm
- Sunday 13 July, 2pm-3pm

Explore the world of plants, fungi, indigenous flora, wildlife and history of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens on a guided walk with enthusiastic botanist and EcoCentre educator Peter Kelly. Finish with a cuppa at the EcoCentre. Cost: $5 (children) / $12 (members) / $20(full). BOOK FOR 8 JULY / BOOK FOR 13 JULY.

Sea shell survey, Point Ormond 
(School Holiday Activity)
- Sat. 12 July, 12noon-1pm

Join the Port Phillip Baykeeper for a shoreline shell survey that's bound to delight the whole family. FREE activity, thanks to Elwood Community Bank Branch. Donations towards 'Life support for the Bay' welcome. RSVP FOR SHELL SURVEY. Enquiries: 9534 0670.

Community Garden bus tour and urban food charter
- Saturday 19 July, 9.45am-4pm

Be quick to RSVP for this free tour of some of Port Phillip's most vibrant growing spaces, including Poets Garden, Elwood; Dig In Community Garden, Port Melbourne and Veg Out, St Kilda. Stay around when the tour finishes at 3pm to contribute to Australia's first ever urban food charter. B.Y.O Lunch. Tour starts at EcoCentre. Transport provided.  RSVP FOR TOUR

We're also keen to find a volunteer emergency driver for one of the tour mini buses. Regular full Victorian licence required. Please contact Will if you can see yourself in this role (and of course you'll get to go on the tour at the same time). E:

July film night: Heritage Fight
- Monday 21, 7pm-8.30pm

Described by Beat Magazine as a 'fists fully clenched kind of documentary', Heritage Fight documents the spectacular and triumphant battle to protect the rich cultural, environmental and historical resources of the Kimberly landscape.

This film spotlights the deeply moving personal journey of indigenous activists in the fight for country. 
Cost: $5. BOOKINGS. 

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